The Edge Of Dark Review

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THE EDGE OF DARK BY PAMELA HARTSHORNE*
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Jane believes in keeping her promises, but a deathbed vow sets her on a twisting path of deceit and joy that takes her from the dark secrets of Holmwood House in York to the sign of the golden lily in London’s Mincing Lane. Getting what you want, Jane discovers, comes at a price. For the child that she longed for, the child she promised to love and to keep safe, turns out to be a darker spirit than she could ever have imagined.

The Edge Of Dark follows the lives of two different people set in different centuries. At the beginning of the novel, we see Roz as a child and the incident that caused her parent’s death. Years later, Roz returns in York to work as events director at Holmwood House, when at the same time, truths about her family come out. The only problem is that memories begin to come flooding back, but what if the memories are not her one but a woman’s called Jane who lived more than four hundred years earlier?
Jane is the eldest daughter of a butcher who lived in York in the 1500s. As a father he’s anxious to get his daughter married and when he finds wealthy Robert Holmwood, he push her into this. Soon, she discovers that he’s not what she expected and she longs for a child of her own. But Jane’s desire to be a mother eventually grows so strong that she makes a promise she could live to regret

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This book is a brilliant historical time-slip. There’s a sense of supernatural, mystery and romance, Pamela Hartshorne has written three novels of of this type, but this one is the first I read. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be so thrilling as to make me want to read some of her earlier works.
As a fan of historical fiction, loving the story set in the past was inevitable. Jane’s story is heartbreaking and for a strange reason, she reminded me a lot of Eyre; her life and the way it’s described that she isn’t beautiful.
The transitions between past and present felt natural and smooth, even though I couldn’t predict when they were going to happen. I think that the scenes where Roz is slipping into 16th century are so masterfully written that they flow seamlessly, almost like watching a film. Their connection and Roz’s past are skillfully revealed and Pamela’s writing made it easier for me to love the story.
I13589273_1057759827641940_1926127936_ot’s totally a page turner and unputdownable. It gave me a book hangover that I couldn’t read anything else for a few days. You know it’s one of those books when you’re so eager to finish, but at the same time I didn’t want it to end.
I haven’t mentioned it yet but how beautiful the cover is with this Tudor’s necklace.

*this book was sent to me by the publisher and Lousie
in exchange for an honest review.

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7 thoughts on “The Edge Of Dark Review

  1. Panda says:

    Ooh York! I’m assuming the Holm house thing is fictional but this sounds cool! The only other books I’ve read set in York are Clockwork Prince and Ravens Gate 😛

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